Right to Information of Randall’s Records Denied
My RTI request for my dead brother’s records from Wolston Park Mental Hospital has been denied. 196 pages kept secret. Why were young gay men locked up in Pearce House? Was it lawful? Was it punishment for being gay? Only an Inquiry into the historical abuses of patients in Wolston Park can answer these questions.
Betty Taylor adds her voice to the calls for an Inquiry into Wolston Park Mental Hospital
Betty Taylor is widely known and revered for her tireless advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic family violence in Qld. In this podcast for Remembering Randall, she tells a different story. In 2017 Betty was commissioned by the then Minister of Health Cameron Dick to undertake an investigation and provide two reports (one confidential…
Former Wolston Park Staff reflect on changes in mental health treatments, from shock treatment to Psychotropic Drugs: More Humane? Watch the video
Wolston Park Mental Hospital went through various stages of its approach to ‘treating’ those regarded as mentally ill or insane, from containment and punishment, to the experimental use of electric shock treatment, and the use of a range of powerful psychotropic drugs. In this video created for the Remembering Goodna Exhibition at Brisbane Museum in…
Dr Yorick Smaal, distinguished historian talks about how same sex attracted boys like my brother Randall have been punished by prisons, schools & mental hospitals.
The notorious Pearce House, Wolston Park Mental Hospital where my brother was caged in 1978-79 for being gay.
Welcome to Remembering Randall Podcast Series
Welcome to the Podcast Series, Remembering Randall, in honour of my brother who almost 42 years ago chose suicide over the prospect of being returned to Wolston Park Mental Hospital, for being gay. This podcast series is not only in his honour but of the 1000s like him whose lives were destroyed by their treatment…
Former Patients, visitors and staff of Wolston Park Mental Hospital, recall abuse, beatings & even death during 1960s-1980s
In 2007 through to 2008 the Brisbane Museum curated an exhibition Remembering Goodna about the Wolston Park Mental Hospital. Curator Jo Beasley, interviewed for this podcast series, described the context of that exhibition attended by 60,000 people. Videos made for the exhibition had disappeared – never to be made public, not to be found in…
The Goodna Girls
Adele Chynoweth’s book Goodna Girls (2021) tells the horrifying stories about some of the children incarcerated in Wolston Park Mental Hospital, an adult psychiatric facility in Queensland, from their voices, in their words. Adele has worked tirelessly to seek justice for these women locked up in Wolston Park Mental Health Wards, as children, who had committed no…
Dr Jo Besley, Curator of Remembering Goodna reflects on the historical human impact of Wolston Park Mental Hospital
The records of Wolston Park Mental Hospital are secret for 100 years. Cover up or not? Listen to the podcast and make up your own mind. In this Podcast Dr Jo Besley talks us through her journey of curating Remembering Goodna, an exhibition at the Brisbane Museum in 2007 and 2008. Goodna is one of…
My brother Randall Scott Carrington was made a state ward, first admitted as an involuntary patient into Lowson House Mental Ward, Brisbane Hospital, then Wolston Park Mental Hospital 1978 to 1979. He was given 36 rounds of shock treatment, copious experimental psychotic drug treatments, abused, raped, escaped, returned, punished, secluded in solitary confinement, and effectively…
Remembering Randall Podcast Series, Calls for an Inquiry into Wolston Park Mental Hospital
This podcast series Remembering Randall advocates for an inquiry into the many atrocities that occurred at Wolston Park Mental Hospital. Tigger warnings & comments will be modified if they name individuals in a disparaging way.